National Fisherman

The absurdity, and the warped politics, of North Carolina's fisheries management scam was amply illustrated one again last week.

Click here to go to the original source to read the rest of the story. There you will find the asinine argument of the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina that somehow commercial fishermen were catching what CCA considered "too many" Red Drum because—get this—commercial fishermen were trying to catch more Red Drum.

Now, if you've read this far in this article we think you are now ready for our argument about the absurdity of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) management nonsense.

In the simplest terms, the fundamental problem with the DMF science is that they don't know the difference between their identified independent variable (total fish species population) and their dependent variable (the fish they measure). They have no clue what the correlation is between the number of fish there are and the number that are caught. One cannot even find an attempt to determine if there are intervening variables. Then they (and CCA) treat correlation as causation. That's bogus science.

Read the full story at the Beaufort Observer>>

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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